Now, that’s what we call a Farmers Market

Market shoppers know that supporting local is a good thing. The food is honest, fresh and it comes to us directly from the folks who produce it, the faces you see each Saturday. It’s a good thing for our health and a good thing for our economy, not to mention that it’s a deliciously fun way to spend a weekend morning. Like all good things, Farmers Markets are something to look after, to protect. Check out this article from the Farmers Market Coalition defining what makes a Farmers Market a Farmers Market.

Did you know that your Peachtree Road Farmers Market has grown from 12 vendors in its first year to 65 vendors in 2010, making it the largest producer-only market in metro Atlanta? Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the shoppers.

Due to this year’s increased city regulatory costs, the Market needs YOUR help to continue its success. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Peachtree Road Farmers Market. Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by the Zyman Family Foundation up to $5,000. We have raised nearly $3,000 of the $5,000 needed to meet the matching grant and cover city-required police officer and permit fees! Now is the time to save your Farmers Market when $1 = $2.

To Donate: Tax-deductible gifts to the Market can be brought to the Market or mailed to Peachtree Road Farmers Market, 2744 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta GA 30305. Please contact Market Manager Lauren Carey at 404-365-1078 with any questions or to learn more about Market sponsorship opportunities.

To be eligible for the matching program, the gift must be made by a check and be received by Dec. 1, 2010. Checks should be made out to Peachtree Road Farmers Market.

- Jennifer Maley